Visit to the eco-centre, Ipema, Brazil

http://ipea.com.br   We visited IPEMA – Institute of Permaculture and Eco-village of the Atlantic Rainforest. The center is an example of the growing energy and insight that is manifesting itself as practical projects and organisations working towards sustainability in Brazil. Combining permaculture and eco-village thinking, the center has made huge headway in creating housing of Read more about Visit to the eco-centre, Ipema, Brazil[…]

Transition to biomass society with a complementary currency

This white paper discusses the challenge of replacing fossil-fueled supply chains with less energy-intense renewable solutions whilst rapidly reducing the carbon in the atmosphere. It suggests that a complimentary currency, backed by carbon fees and pledges from landowners to sequester carbon using soil and biochar, could be the answer. Read the paper here. A complementary currency Read more about Transition to biomass society with a complementary currency[…]

Brazilian town shows way to sustainable culture with arts and crafts

They started to interact with the local community to design and manufacture decorative artworks almost entirely from recyclable materials such as used wood, wood reclaimed from old houses, cans, paper, etc. Toti trained a group of craftsmen, getting them to produce pieces of art according to his designs as they learned each technique. No design Read more about Brazilian town shows way to sustainable culture with arts and crafts[…]

Is Swedish Government in control over the country’s energy future?

From figures released recently by the International Energy Agency it looks as if the Swedish government has abandoned any control over the future supply of energy to the country. I hope I am wrong, but I find no comfort in the combination of signals in the media, from experts and from the government information. At Read more about Is Swedish Government in control over the country’s energy future?[…]

Living on biomass only: a thought experiment

Let’s suppose we design a society to live on biomass only. What sources do we have available and how are we going to divide the uses of that biomass to get the most out of it? And if there is a lot of carbon in the atmosphere will we still need to carbon compensate and sequester even if we Read more about Living on biomass only: a thought experiment[…]

Time to form the culture we want – starting with small acts of kindness

This is a translation and adaptation of the leader column I submitted – in my capacity as JAK board member – to JAK’s alternative economy magazine, Grus och Guld. JAK is a member- owned cooperative bank offering interest-free loans. Like many JAK members I am driven by the desire to change society for the better. Read more about Time to form the culture we want – starting with small acts of kindness[…]

New eco-village design

This new design (Click on it to see a larger image) is a first sketch for the assignment to design a village layout for a project in Brazil, a village that will house a conference centre in the middle of six sustainable farms. The centre and village will get its food (and coffee) from the Read more about New eco-village design[…]

The V2V fund

A lot of people nowadays long for a different lifestyle – a feeling of being close to nature, being part of a community and having somewhere they can enjoy living with a good, green conscience. But making the change is a huge step for many. You need time to get to know what you are Read more about The V2V fund[…]